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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.


Q and A With Nick Cordileone, Timon in The Lion King

FROM THE November 20 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Lion King comes through Fresno next week and will be performing at the William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno from November 28-December 9. We were able to chat recently with one of its stars, Nick Cordileone, who plays Timon.

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Justice For Elijah: A Thanksgiving Mystery Short Story

FROM THE November 19 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Earl Staggs


People shouldn’t have to work on Thanksgiving day, but a sheriff’s office, even in a small Texas county, can’t shut down completely. If you happen to be the sheriff, you let the rest of the staff take the day off and you “man” the office, as they say. If you happen to be a woman, they still say that.

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Food & Craft Mysteries For Your Holidays

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a fun group of food and craft mysteries perfect for your holiday reading-the crafts may inspire you with gift ideas, and the holidays aren’t complete without great food-A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn, How to Knit a Murder: Seaside Knitters Society Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum, Purls and Poison: Black Sheep Knit Mystery by Anne Canadeo, Forever Fudge! A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes by Nancy Coco, In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, and The Walking Bread: A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer.

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Syrians Are Settling In: An Update on FIRM’s Work with our New Neighbors

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Helping Hands SECTION

by Tom Sims



One out of every three people in the Central Valley was born somewhere outside of the United States. Four hundred forty-three were born in Syria. For a little over a year, Kings River Life has been tracking some of their stories and the work of Fresno Interdenominational Refuge Ministries (FIRM) walking with them in those stories. This is an update.

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Riley is Ready for a Forever Home

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Riley, at about a year and a half, was adopted from a Westie Rescue in 2008. He had a happy home with a single woman and was well cared for.

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Ya Never Know: A Thanksgiving Tale

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Gail Farrelly


Like a Boy Scout, I’m always prepared. Or at least I try to be. After all, I’m forty years old and have been in charge of at least fifteen Thanksgiving celebrations to date. I’m certainly not lacking in Thanksgiving expertise.

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Coming Attractions: Santa’s Wish List Edition

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


Make sure to ask Santa to bring you these Christmas reads when you write to him. And maybe he’ll bring you a shelter pet after you read four mysteries with that theme. Plus, start the New Year with three new series. Enjoy your presents!

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Rattie Ratz: Charlotte Rose & Ms. Peachy Bob

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Rodent Ramblings SECTION

by Alyssa Nader


When people are not familiar with Rattie Ratz, or the idea of a rat rescue in general, some of the first questions they always ask are, “How do these rats come to you? Why would a rat need to be adopted?”

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Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge By Laura Levine: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Jaine Austen (no relation) is a well-known writer. Well, she wrote that slogan for the Toiletmasters Plumbers. Everybody knows that one. Christmas is slow for writers so she and neighbor Lance are house sitting for one of his shoe buying customers. The house is a mansion, full of antiques and baubles like Ming vases and Fabergé eggs. It is also off limits for pets.

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Drop Dead Ornaments By Lois Winston: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Craft

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa
& Lois Winston


Anastasia Pollack was first introduced in 2011 by author Lois Winston with Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun. Anastasia is a recently windowed mother of two teenage sons hounded by a loan shark wanting repayment of her husband’s debts. She also pretty much inherits her mother-in-law with whom she has a bittersweet relationship.

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Barb Hendee’s A Choice of Secrets: Fantasy Most Domestic

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


The Dark Mirror series by Barb Hendee delivers in terms of intriguing and well-developed characters, complex plots, and the creation of a believable world. This is certainly true with her newest, A Choice of Secrets (2018), where the younger daughter of White Deer Lodge sees something happen that she should not have seen, and then has knowledge of a secret that will dramatically affect her family and their future alliances.

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Thanksgiving treats and threats

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Merrilee Robson



We always want our holiday dinners to be perfect.
But quite often they’re not.
My late mother always believed in the “more is more” approach when it came to family dinners. Our Thanksgiving feast always included at least three desserts, “because not everyone likes pumpkin pie.”

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Magic in the Air: Q and A with Local Selma Band Prestige

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


A magic trick consists of three parts–the pledge (the set-up), the turn (the trick), and the prestige (the magic, where the unbelievable becomes believable)–but there’s also a certain nostalgia involved, for a time when anything seems possible. The same can be said of the Central Valley’s Prestige, a band that conjures the real magic that a stage magician’s trick can only imitate.

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The latest up on KRL News & Reviews!

FROM THE November 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream On Stage at the Selma Arts Center

FROM THE November 16 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Two couples get lost in the woods and run afoul of supernatural creatures. Sounds like a horror movie, right?
Wrong.

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Escanaba in Da Moonlight Presented by the Visalia Players

FROM THE November 15 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Nancy Holley



Escanaba in Da Moonlight gives theatregoers a night of rollicking merriment and an opportunity to glimpse life in Upper Peninsula, Michigan — heavily forested, often a bit strange, and perfect for deer hunting.

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